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What does HP DriveLock do to your password?

While looking at various hard drive encryption methods, I discovered that HP's "DriveLock" is not quite the standard ATA security system. While I did get confirmation from HP that it does indeed use ...
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How to verify that someone is who they say they are online?

I am working on an online job application web app and the question has come up about how we will verify that someone submitting an application is who they say they are. For example, we don't want ...
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WiFi security from another authorized user (roommate)

I believe we use WPA or WPA2 encryption. To what extent can another user monitor my traffic? Monitor my desktop activity? View documents I've saved on my computer? Tell what sites i visit? Tell ...
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Should password hashes be encrypted or HMACed?

Assume I am hashing user passwords with PBKDF2, bcrypt, scrypt, or some other secure key derivation function. Are there: tangible security benefits, precedents, and respected research for ...
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704 views

What kind of hashing is generally used in log-in modules?

Do operating systems hash the log-in password? What hash function is used in Windows XP, 7, 8,Linux Ubuntu, Debian, MAC Lion OS X ,...? Where should I look to know these security considerations of an ...
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IDS/WAF scenario for 2 web servers

I'm running 2 web servers on 2 different physical hosts at home. They handle both HTTP and HTTPS traffic. I want to protect against web application attacks, but don't want to spend money for ...
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Does LastPass' multi-device functionality significantly compromise its security?

I think LastPass is a great consumer product because it allows users to conveniently utilize unique strong passwords for each site they use it with. It does encryption locally, but the fact that I can ...
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697 views

TPM bootstrap process

Assume that the file partition where the PC operating system and user data reside are sealed by a number of PCRs (Platform Configuration Registers) dedicated to BIOS measurements. What happens during ...
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Does TCP/IP expose critical infrastructure to added risk?

Background: I just attended a talk on the security of critical infrastructure. The speaker spoke a bit on how adding the TCP/IP protocol to functions usually taken care of by dedicated protocols open ...
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How does a Web Security Gateway analyse SSL Encrypted Traffic?

Since HTTPS traffic is encrypted in transit how does a web security gateway analyse it?
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Worst case scenario of having the ability to remotely write files to disk as admin

I'm working on creating a program ("My Program") that will communicate with another program ("Their Program") via XML commands over a raw TCP/IP connection. Their program allows files to be written to ...
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scanning my site for JavaScript/XSS vulnerabilities [closed]

It have had a report that my site may have a security issue and there is some JavaScript loading 10 times per second. www.ayrshireminis.com Is there anyway that I can "scan" my site to check if ...
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Could a consumer-friendly PGP-like file encryption application theoretically be secure?

In a situation where there are desktop and mobile clients, and a central public key repository to and from which the desktop and mobile clients automatically upload and download public keys as needed, ...
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576 views

Further potential problems with Windows 8 SmartScreen

Some research was recently published that showed that Windows 8's SmartScreen feature sends certain details about every single application that you install to Microsoft. Ignoring the obvious privacy ...
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861 views

What are the real-time applications of long term digital signature with timestamp

I want to know the real time applications that uses digital signatures with timestamps. Specially I am interested to know the applications where we can trust an old signed document which is now ...
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Why is systrace insecure?

Why is the: http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi?query=systrace&sektion=4 Systrace marked as insecure? Can someone explain the "why"?
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Is a honeypot an IDS or an IPS or something else? Is it an offensive or a defensive technique? Is it still effective?

I'd like to know where a Honeypot falls into the scheme of security, and if it is still an effective tool?
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Most secure response for a server to return to a user scanning for exploits

I have ASP.NET servers hosted in IIS, regularly i see bots attempting to scan my server searching for outdated versions of phpMyAdmin, mysql etc. Currently these requests all return 404 because ...
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Effectiveness of Security Images

Do security images such as those presented upon logging into banks provide any tangible security benefits, or are they mostly theater? Per my understanding, if somebody is phishing your users, it's ...
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How does ViewState protect against CSRF?

According to the OWASP CSRF Cheat Sheet viewStateUserKey for ASP.NET ViewState is acceptable to prevent csrf attacks, but I really don't get how. I get that this makes it hard for an attacker to ...
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853 views

Low level attacks on WLAN/LAN connection while connected to VPN

Is it really secure to connect to a (well-secured) VPN server over an unencrypted WLAN connection (or maybe a hotel Ethernet)? I know, that there have been questions like this - but I'm not asking ...
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1answer
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How strong are google's Application-specific passwords? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Account: implications of using application-specific passwords In 2-step verification of google accounts, we need to use the Application-specific passwords ...
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Https green bar loads then goes away

I have properly configured SSL, and it loads pages when you put https. My problem is that when the page is loading. The bar will turn green, once the page is fully loaded. The green bar goes away. The ...
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Effectively limiting outgoing firewall traffic to frequently-changing IPs

PCI DSS 1.2.1 states: Restrict inbound and outbound traffic to that which is necessary for the cardholder data environment. Verify that all other inbound and outbound traffic is ...
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What methodologies are useful when reverse-engineering malware / shellcode?

Whilst I'm familiar with reverse engineering techniques from a technical standpoint, I've never found a good methodology for approaching and dissecting malware / shellcode. I've found hundreds of ...
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681 views

What tricks can be used to prevent debugging?

What tricks can be used to prevent or hinder debugging? Examples: IsDebuggerPresent API on Windows Exception handlers used for program flow. GetTickCount / rdtsc checks. Are there any good ...
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Is a stack trace of a server application a vulnerability?

In relation to my question on programmers.stackexchange.com. Is it a security risk to have your application display a full stack trace to the user when things crash? Some security audit that our ...
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CSRF cookie vs session based tokens

I will generate a CSRF token and include it in a hidden form field. When receiving the request, I will check the form value against the value either stored in the user's session or in a cookie. Is it ...
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1answer
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Disable DES-CBC-SHA in schannel

I have several IIS servers in house This includes IIS 6 and 7.x. When I have my external PCI scans run I'm still receiving alerts for having the weak protocol DES-CBC-SHA enabled. I have the ...
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Restrict network access for a single process with SELinux or AppArmor

I have a Python script that access the network, and I want to deny it network access sometimes. How can I achieve this with SELinux or AppArmor? I want to be able to launch this specific script with ...
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Is asymmetric encryption ever recommended for long-term storage?

Is asymmetric encryption ever recommended for long-term storage of data, is it advisable for example to store data in a database such that: 1) A user enters data on a website, it is encrypted using a ...
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I'm currently receiving a targeted attack

Since yesterday, I receive forged mails which are targeted at me. They use personal information, seem to come from one of my friends and only contain links to these web sites: http ...
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How to determine if a browser is using an SSL or TLS connection?

I want to know whether my browser is using SSL or TLS connection if I see HTTPS. I want to know for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I want to know the protocol version.
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1answer
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How to ensure web application remains secured after intrusion of server

My application employs asymmetric encryption / decryption, the process of how this work is detailed below: Encryption - Server A Data is encrypted using the public key of server B Data is signed ...
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1answer
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Amavisd-New and Google safe browsing

I am studying the Google Safe Browsing. How do I know that it is possible to intercept a content of an email via amavis, I wonder if I can, for each url found, consult the Google safe browsing? Do ...
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Mail server (sendmail) sends spam to innocent people

I asked this same question in serverfault but realized that wasn't the right place, I apologize. Background Server OS: Ubuntu 10.04 Mailing Application: Sendmail Recently I asked about backscatter ...
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How to prove a password guessing theory from Matt Bishop's book “Introduction to Computer Security”

First, this is not a homework problem. This is a problem from Matt Bishop's book "Introduction to Computer Security" which was used as one of the textbooks for a Computer Security class I took last ...
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Can the `system` function pose severe security threats on a shared hosting server?

I recently bought an account from a shared hosting company and I needed the php system function to be enabled for one of my projects. So I created a ticket and asked them to enable it. This is what ...
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how to identify whether my page is phished or normal page?

Usually I differentiate phished page and normal web pages by seeing https before the address of the web page, as the lock symbol will help us to identify. Are there any other methods to differentiate ...
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Attaching hotspot to existing network - can it be secured?

I used to work for a company that did wireless hotspots, and this is the challenge that was given to me one day. I don't believe there is a secure solution to it, but it still bugs me for some ...
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Security implications of using a OAuth-enabled password manager

I've resisted the idea of password managers for a long time. Bringing together passwords for all your online accounts in one place that is only protected by difficult-to-remember master password ...
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1answer
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tor and widecap dns leak

I am using a program that I coded in C#. All it does is use HttpWebRequest to request some pages and read info from them. I tried running it through Tor. I installed the Vidalia Bundle and Widecap. My ...
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Is it safer to use less heard of software than popular software?

Is it good policy to use non-mainstream applications, or does it depend? For example is it better to use a less popular browser, media player or operating system as it is less likely a target for ...
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1answer
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Where and How is data stored in a session?

Where is the information in the fields of a session stored? If I, for instance, store in a session something like $_SESSION['foo'] = 'bar'. Where is "bar" stored? If I store an object of a class, in ...
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383 views

What are the security precautions taken to ensure a virtualized domain can't compromise its host

I recently started learning about xen and became more interested in visualization. I read a few whitepapers, did a search here, but couldn't find an answer. My guess is someone will link me to some ...
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Instant access to application using token in url

Is it good idea to give access to the site using token in url, this token can be send via email, some sites have reset password done in this way, but I want give access to the whole site (I think I ...
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5answers
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Stopping users from spoofing an IP

I have a MikroTik router (that has firewall and scripting capabilities) that is acting as a DHCP server for the 192.168.1.0/24 subnet. Is there any way I can stop it from passing traffic from a user ...
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3answers
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How to make an outbound request to users to update their passwords?

Clearly it works best if the request to update a password happens as a response to an inbound request to access a known system, but how do you make an outbound request to users to update their ...
2
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1answer
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Why it does not matter whether you type HEX or ASCII as WEP WiFi password?

I know that I can pass password in HEX as a keyphrase to WiFi network using WEP encryption as well as ASCII. But somehow you cannot get the ASCII when you only know HEX value. Can anyone explain the ...
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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...

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